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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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  • 08.27.15

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Office of

Ben Nelson


Total cost of 39 office trips: $102,005.00


Trips by Ben Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $36,994.83

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,162.60
source

Destination: SHERIDAN, WYOMING
Sponsor: Big Horn Canyon Ranch Hunting Club
Purpose: TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF BIG HORN CANYON RANCH HUNTING CLUB
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,353.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL GROUP
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF LIFE INSURANCE COUNCIL
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,348.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CLEAN FUELS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL EVENT
Date: May 6, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: MOOSE LAKE, ALASKA
Sponsor: JIM JANSEN
Purpose: FACTFINDING ON ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: STATE BAR OF TEXAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 13, 2003
Expense: $1,618.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,642.60
source

Destination: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Sponsor: Kutak Rock
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON CONFLICT ON IRAQ, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT PONCA STATE PARK DECIATION CEREMONY
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,898.88
source

Destination: CAMILLA, GA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,128.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Purpose: LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Expense: $627.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE FRIEND OF ZION AWARD
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.00
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $129.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $217.00
source

Destination: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
Sponsor: Canadian Wheat Board
Purpose: GRAIN WORLD AND CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD DINNER
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.47
source

Destination: CANADA
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ALBERTA FOR US CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS
Date: Sep 21, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,695.92
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DURING THEIR FULL BOARD SESSION
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,517.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ben Nelson

Jason Briggs
David Culver
David Dimartino
Ben Hansen
Eric Pierce
Amy Tejral
James Vavricek
Kim Zimmerman



American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball